Quick and Easy “Light” Lemon Curd

imageWe LOVE lemon curd!  It’s so tangy, bright, and sweet-tart!  I love stirring it into plain Greek yogurt, whether store-bought or homemade. It would also be amazing slathered on some shortbread cookies or warm scones.  Years ago,  I stumbled on a non-traditional (but still delicious) recipe, and I’ve used it exclusively ever since.  As an added bonus,  because there’s no butter, it’s actually a little quicker/easier to make AND it’s lower in fat and calories.  Score!  I’ve made this on countless occasions, sometimes with Meyer lemons, regular lemons, key limes, or regular limes.  You can pretty much use any type of citrus, so take your pick!

Read on to get the full instructions.

-Viv

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Quick Dinner: Sesame Peanut Noodles

imageWe LOVE sesame peanut noodles!  I’ve been adhering to a weekly menu plan lately, in an attempt to save money and waste less food, and I’m happy to say my evil plan is working, mwa ha ha!  However, whether you make a weekly plan or not, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when you try to make dinner at home regularly.  These sesame peanut noodles made their way into the rotation recently, and not only did they get Mr. Viv and me out of a boring, repetitive dinner pattern, they were surprisingly easy and inexpensive.  Awesome!  Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

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Savory Roasted Chickpeas

 

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We LOVE healthy snacks!  Actually, we love all snacks, but it’s a bonus if they’re both delicious AND healthy.  Today I’m going to share a ridiculously easy “recipe” for savory roasted chickpeas, which are full of fiber and protein.  It’s actually more of a method than a recipe, and you can customize it in infinite ways.  This version will make a salty, crunchy snack that might help you skip the greasy chips, but you can also make a cinnamon sugar variation to help you indulge your sweet tooth without forfeiting a healthy lifestyle.  Read on for the details.

-Viv

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DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

imageWe LOVE all-natural DIY beauty products!  Today I’m going to show you how to make a lip scrub at home.  I gave these away for Christmas as part of a lip duo along with the handmade lip balm we shared here back in December.

Read on to find out how to make this moisturizing (and yummy) lip exfoliant yourself in only 3 steps!  (Bonus:  you only need 2 ingredients!)

-Viv

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Homemade Granola

imageWe LOVE granola!  And good news: making it yourself is really easy and inexpensive!  Plus, you can make it healthier than the store-bought kind, and you can customize it to suit your tastes and food allergies/sensitivities.

Be warned, though.  I have found this granola to be addictive, and I’ve been known to eat much more than a “sensible” portion in one sitting.  If you’re still on board (and you should be), keep reading for the instructions.

-Viv

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Super Simple Smoothie (You Can Customize)!

imageWe LOVE smoothies!  I could replace a meal with a smoothie every day for the rest of my life.  I won’t, but I could.

Today’s post is a quick and easy one.  I’ll share my smoothie “recipe,” which is really all about proportions, and give you ideas for how to customize it to your preference.  What I LOVE about this is how much less expensive it is to make smoothies at home, and how much more (potentially) nutritious your blended fruit and juice drink can be when you control what goes in it!

Click through for the details.

-Viv

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No-Churn Ice Cream

imageWe LOVE ice cream!  But you already know that.  Of course, I have an ice cream maker and have made plenty of nostalgically old-fashioned custard-based frozen treats in it, but sometimes I want to (literally) whip up a quick batch of homemade ice cream without going to too much trouble.  Today, I’ll show you how to make an eggless version that’s much faster/easier and possibly equally as good, all without an ice cream maker!  What’s amazing about this method, aside from the convenience, is that it’s just as readily customizable as traditional ice cream recipes.  Keep reading for a no-churn Rocky Road ice cream recipe, along with some bonus ideas for other flavor combinations.

-Viv

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